Wednesday, December 8

Torrevieja executes the reform of the Sports Palace without the approved projects

The projects for the rehabilitation of the Palacio de los Deportes are not formally approved by the governing board, As reported yesterday by the government team, but the works have begun and are progressing inside and outside the building for weeks. As information advanced, Orthem, Servicios y Environmental Actions SAU was awarded the four lots on which the bulk of this remodeling of the Sport’s palace for 4.2 million euros – it was the only one that presented escrow in three of the four lots-. While the supervision of the works has been contracted to specialized firms and firms in the sector.

It was the councilor of the governing board, Federico Alarcón, who gave an account yesterday, as he has done since the mandate began, of each of the agreements of the collegiate body that two of the projects have been presented to the government board only four days ago, on Tuesday, July 27, and they have not been approved. The company has been required to provide new documentation and is given a period of ten days. They are the roof repair projects, thermal insulation, wastewater evacuation (lot 1); and the repair of the building, of the structural seating of the changing room corridors of the swimming pool, the integral repair of floors in the handball changing rooms and general interior and exterior painting (lot 2). These two actions are two of the most relevant of all the slopes in this comprehensive intervention in a building put in service now of decades. This newspaper has been able to verify that the works were started early july. At that time the main building was closed to the public and the offices of the Sports area officials were moved to the annex building of the Cecilio Gallego pavilion. Now the interior works are progressing in the changing room area, in an underground floor, and in the rear facade of the Palace, which falls on the parking lot of the Cecilio Gallego. In this fenced area, where prefabricated worker service modules are installed, tons of rubble is already accumulating in containers in the parking lot for removal and treatment.

Record time

Although the award of the drafting of projects and the works were formalized in record time, from the procedural point of view the execution of the rehabilitation should not begin without having all the projects approved. In addition to the two that have been presented to the governing board, two other projects are necessary that correspond to lot 3 -for the repair of the sports court- and lot 4, of the repair, adaptation and commissioning of the protection against fires. The drafting of specifications, bidding, presentation of offers, assessment and award were settled in just five months. City Hall has promised that the remodeling is ready so that Torrevieja can host the Women’s Handball World Cup in December. The international handball federation visited the facilities in May. The deadline – and the budget – is very tight.

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